Saturday, May 25, 2013

some more rain magic...

we had a wonderful rain storm yesterday and it's still raining here today...a nice steady rain. my little  garden is oh so happy. look at the difference the rain has made in just 5 days.
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this is what it looked like on Monday  

and here it is today, Saturday...and it's still raining
i have enough projects going so that i don't ever get bored. still working on lace making with fabric as learned in Karen Ruane's class.

hand dyed cloth, knitted scrap, sheer fabric all joined and embellished with embroidery

close up of french knots and bullion knots and open blanket stitch above
Karen's Simply Stitch class starts on June 17th. check it out here.

a bobbin lace friend showed a quilt she made using the 'disappearing nine patch pattern' and i had to try it.

click the link above to see how this started out as a nine patch
 decided to use this pattern in the making of a quilt. i have had these redwork hat blocks for many years and have collected some fabric to use for the quilt and it seems this is the right time.

there are 2 each of 6 different hat stitchings

these are the fabrics i'll be using
it will take a while but i'll be making the blocks little by little. you already know that i like working on many different projects at once.

hope you are all enjoying your weekend and i know some of you are celebrating Memorial Day weekend with family and friends (here in the US), so enjoy.

18 comments:

jude said...

i have had enough rain thanks, we are floating here.

Nancy said...

Deanna~ The garden looks great! We could use some rain out here. Love the hand-dyed piece and the choosing of fabric the will go together is always my favorite thing. Disappearing 9 patch...poof!

karen said...

oh yes, your garden is loving the rain!! Those blocks and patches will make a wonderful cloth....love the hats...

Mo Crow said...

love the fabric lace!

Sandra said...

Oh your garden is lovely and growing well. Here in the Netherlands we have lots and lots of rain. And it's too cold for this time of the year.

Jane Galley said...

Can't wait to see your quilt, such pretty fabrics, and what a difference the rain has made to your garden. Nature is a wonderful thing

patricia said...

i am totally, totally in love with the dyed fabrics embellished with lace and stitch. makes me wish i could sit at your feet....

Judy said...

Oh, your garden looks so lush! Yummmm, yummmmm!

Your embroidery is lovely - as always.

It is a lovely cool morning here, with beautiful blue skies!

Happy Holiday weekend to you too!

xxoo

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

there is certain magic in rain isn't there. no matter how much you water (and i know you are limited) it just doesn't have the same affect as the rain. i have loved the idea of the disappearing nine patch since you sent me the link - and i can see that as a long term fun project - some thing to do when you have a extra hour or two!!! it is actually more mysterious and yet easier then it looks. i'm probably going to give it a go but i have to find the right fabrics as your's are so lovely together and i know you are very fond of these colors - pinks and such. this is going to look grand. i can also see some of those fme/lace cloth embellishment - hmmm. now that gives me an idea, hmmm. take care (and for most people this wouldn't sound right - but enjoy the rain) we're still cold but by next week's end 90!

liniecat said...

Just shows how essential water is I guess!
Like that nine patch idea, never heard of that term or the technique.Your right, its fascinating I must give that a go too. Love the idea youve had to use the beautiful hat embroideries!

Tamara said...

Rain is magic! Your garden is looking lovely. My roses have really enjoyed this spring. The weather has been cooler and lots of rain. Looking forward to the cicada symphony next month. I don't think we will have to worry about finding a good seat to listen to it. Your projects are fascinating. Looking forward to following them.

deanna7trees said...

for those of you who want to try the disappearing nine patch, here's another manipulation of that pattern that i love...http://www.favequilts.com/Block-Patterns/Avant-Garde-Double-Disappearing-Nine-Patch
if you click on the link at the site, it will show you how to achieve that design.

Nat Palaskas said...

Rain is magic! I've heard that you got so much rain in Texas that it's flooded. I'm glad you didn't get too much of it. Love those redwork blocks. I know about having too many projects on the go! Hugs Nat

neki desu said...

april showers bring may flowers. may showers bring??
inspired by what you did w knitted scrap. i have tons of knitted swatches

Lynn Holland said...

You are as mad as me with so many things on the go at once Deanna. Then again we are never bored or boring are we.
Lynn

Deb G said...

So glad you are getting rain. It does make things grow when there is heat too! Love how you have combined the knitting and stitching, the texture of that.

underatopazsky said...

Your garden certainly is romping away! That nine patch is so clever! The redwork hats are exquisite. It's great when things you already have line up for a project. :o)

blandina said...

It seems to me that everything is magic and grows quickly around you, not only the garden!

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